Shotgun Willie was one of the first Outlaw Country albums and change in style for Willie Nelson. His previous label wouldn’t let Willie use his touring band in recording sessions, and he had to look and dress in the proper Nashville style. Willie likened this album to a “clearing of the throat”.
“I liked this new world. It fit me to a T. I never did like putting on stage costumes, never did like trim haircuts, never did like worrying about whether I was satisfying the requirements of a showman. It felt good to let my hair grow. Felt good to get on stage in the same jeans I’d been wearing all damn day.”Willie Nelson